What do you get when you cross a 2-lb. hand weight with a world atlas? The edgy new design for a Pepsi bottle... right? Well, that's what The Apprentice's Andy thought before Trump fired him for fizzing out as team leader last week. Does the 23-year-old young gun have any regrets? Any secrets? Any gas after downing all that soda pop? Here, TV Guide Online invites this champion debater to argue his merits.TV Guide Online: Regarding the Pepsi Edge task, I don't think I can improve upon the whoopee-cushion sound effects with which the guys in post-production punctuated your bottle's unveiling.
Andy: How funny was that, the music they played when we were presenting? The thing is, when we were developing it, we thought we were right on. We thought we had a great campaign, so we were pretty excited. TVGO: Maybe you were just a bit loopy from a sugar/caffeine high? You must've set a personal — if not world — record for soft-drink consumption there in the PepsiCo think tank.
Andy: I love it — they took three days of Pepsi drinking and condensed it into about three minutes. I do like Pepsi, and I did a commercial with them, but I don't think I was that insane. TVGO: Have any sex-toy manufacturers approached you about purchasing your bottle's rather, um, "unique" design?
Andy: Not yet. By the way, how does this work? Do all these questions make it in? TVGO: Of course they do. We have fun here. Moving on... Slipping $100 cash to each of the Pepsi designers — do you regret it?
Andy: It was actually a bonus for their hard work, and they were pretty happy about it. I believe in taking care of people who work hard. That's my philosophy. TVGO: Once Pepsi's decision was handed down, you seemed particularly peeved about not getting the reward of driving a race car.
Andy: (Laughs) Yeah, I was pretty upset when I saw that they were going to race Lamborghinis, while I had to go to the boardroom. That might be my one shot to drive a car like that, so it was downright evil. TVGO: Hate to dredge up a person's dark past, but you were the creator of the ill-fated "Crustacean Nation" toy concept for this season's first challenge, yes?
Andy: I was behind Crustacean Nation and the million-dollar [prize] insurance policy [for the Crest task]. We actually wrote the entire insurance policy, but lawyers destroyed the whole thing. Usually, I place blame on the editors, but this time, I blame it on the lawyers. TVGO: But who do you blame for Crustacean Nation?
Andy: Uh, that one, unfortunately, I have to blame myself. I was going for the Tom Hanks-in-Big thing. In fact, an electronic comic book was my next idea. TVGO: However, you also were the Project Manager for the winning NYPD recruitment ad campaign...
Andy: There you go! There's some fair and balanced reporting! TVGO: Are you proud that you stood your ground against Maria, who lobbied hard to include "more sex appeal" in the otherwise emotional commercial?
Andy: Well, she's on the cover of Maxim, so maybe she does understand sex appeal. But the NYPD thing made it all worthwhile; I was pretty happy with the way our commercial turned out. TVGO: I'm formulating a mathematical proof that Jennifer M. repeatedly eludes boardroom beheadings through the calculated wearing of tight, white blouses. You agree?
Andy: (Laughs) Wow. Interesting concept... It's like the second gunman on the grassy knoll. I don't know about that. TVGO: Much has been made of your debating prowess, so let's really put it to the test: Argue in favor of Hazel and Phinnaeus as good names for Julia Roberts' twins.
Andy: I figure that they're going to be in therapy anyway, so she might as well call them whatever she wants. TVGO: You're so young in the Apprentice scheme of things. Wouldn't it have been intimidating to work for Trump?
Andy: The thing is, I have three older brothers, so I kinda have 23 years experience of always being the youngest person around. It's a role I've gotten comfortable with. TVGO: Maybe if you went by Andrew instead of Andy...
Andy: That's not a bad idea. I'm going to think about doing that. TVGO: Oh, you're just humoring me. Hey, has word trickled down to the Apprentice contestants about our fun little interviews here at TV Guide Online?
Andy: Yeah, word has been getting around. I like you guys. And you can quote me on that.